Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and M&S have updated face mask policies as ...

FACE coverings are mandatory in shops in most parts of the UK. Some supermarkets have issued new guidance as masks become compulsory in more locations.

PUBLISHED: 07:50, Wed, Aug 12, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:50, Wed, Aug 12, 2020

Wearing a face mask when out in public is now second nature to many Britons. Marks & Spencer has issued new guidance as shopping rules change in some parts of the UK. What are the rules in Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's?

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Face masks have gradually become compulsory in more places as the coronavirus crisis has continued.

Since July 10, covering up in shops has been a requirement in Scotland.

Shoppers in England have needed to wear a face covering since July 24.

Those in Northern Ireland have also had new face mask rules introduced this week which means wearing a mask is compulsory in stores.

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Marks & Spencer

The retailer has responded to the change and given new advice to those shopping in retail stores and M&S Foodhalls.

A statement said: "From 10 August, it became mandatory for customers in Northern Ireland to wear face coverings in shops, as is already the case in England and Scotland (with the exception of young children or people with certain health conditions).

"Where it is mandatory we would ask all customers to follow this, unless they have a health condition that exempts them. Where government guidance is that M&S colleagues should wear face coverings (for example in Scotland), they will do so.

"As with customers, the government has made exemptions for some colleagues."

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